A Brief History of White Oak
It started with the Mayflower. In 1620, the Mayflower sailed from England, carrying 102 passengers in search of religious freedom in the New World. When the ship docked in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the Puritans started to work building what would ultimately become the United States of America.
The Mayflower’s legacy lives on in Plimoth Plantation’s full-scale reproduction, Mayflower II. In 2013, when she needed repairs, Framingham State University offered its campus’s 150-year-old white oak to replicate her original timbers. Earlier Mayflower replicas disintegrated, but this one remains seaworthy more than 50 years after its construction, carrying not passengers or cargo but history to be handed down for generations.